With the 2017 NFL draft is six weeks away, the first round is beginning to come into focus. A general consensus player ranking has formed after scouts had an opportunity to compare prospects side by side at the scouting combine. And the first wave of free agency has concluded, bringing further clarity to individual team positional needs.
Teams with early selections have likely narrowed their options down to a handful of players for further analysis. Most draftniks have released several versions of their mock drafts by now, and this point in the offseason provides some of the most reliable projections since the misinformation coming from teams will ratchet up close to April 27th.
Top tier cornerback Sidney Jones ruptured his Achilles tendon at Washington’s Pro Day, causing a domino effect in the first round. Many experts now envision Baltimore choosing one of the productive edge rushers at number 16 overall. And a certain wide receiver from Clemson with star potential is trending towards the Ravens.